Category Archives: Important Announcements
Please be aware that several parishioners and members of our staff have recently received urgent emails from “Rev Jim Laughlin” requesting immediate help obtaining iTunes gift cards. This is a common email scam with a variety of forms. In this version, it starts with an email that appears to be from “Rev Jim Laughlin” with a request: “I need a favour from you, email me as soon as you get this message.” If the recipient replies, “Fr. Jim” responds that he needs help getting an iTunes gift card for a cancer patient, and instructs the recipient to purchase an iTunes gift card and email a photo of the PIN to him as quickly as possible. First and foremost, please know that Fr. Jim has never and will never ask anyone for urgent help buying iTunes gift cards – these requests are never legitimate! If you receive such an e-mail, DO NOT REPLY – forward the email to firstname.lastname@example.org (so we can follow up with the RCAB IT Office) and then delete it.
Also, please know that our email accounts have not been “hacked”. Scammers simply copy staff and other email addresses from the public websites of churches, businesses and even large corporations, and then create new public email accounts that are designed to look very similar to the legitimate email address for the pastor or CEO associated with the organization. They then send emails from this address hoping that the urgency created in the email will cause the recipients to overlook the fake email address. Another similar scam targets individuals, often the elderly, with an email or call that claims that a loved one is in dire financial need due to a legal or medical emergency far away. Another purports to be from a utility company, or the I.R.S., or “Windows Tech Support”, alleging overdue bills with a threat to cut off services. In every case, the caller/emailer demands immediate payment via iTunes or other gift cards. REMEMBER – gift cards can ONLY be used to purchase goods and services from the issuing company – any other request for payment via gift cards, especially over the phone or text, is almost certainly a scam.
If you have any questions, please email or call Tricia Amend Bombara, IT and Communications Coordinator (email@example.com 781-235-0045 or 781-235-1060.)
As you know, Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos (NPH – “Our Little Brothers and Sisters”) is currently raising more than 3,100 orphaned, abandoned, and disadvantaged boys and girls in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Join NPH on April 7, 2019 from 2:30 – 7:00pm at the Boston Marriott in Quincy to honor Fr. Jim and thank him for all he has done to support NPH and transform the lives of vulnerable children. The event will feature live entertainment, special guests and more. For more information, to purchase tickets, or to make a donation in Fr. Jim’s honor, please visit www.irishheartsfororphans.com, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (617) 206-4940.
Due to the predicted storm, all afternoon and evening programs in the St. John-St. Paul Collaborative, including Adoration at St. Paul and Marian Movement (Rosary) at St. John, are cancelled. The Book Group scheduled for tonight at St. John has been postponed to Tuesday, February 19. Please be safe!
Join us for our Youth Ministry Service Night on Sunday, February 10 after the 5pm Mass at St. Paul. We will work on a project together while enjoying great food and each other’s company. All high school students are welcome!
For more information please visit our Collaborative Youth Ministry page.
Seasons of Hope: Parish Support for Adults who Mourn
Seasons of Hope faith sharing groups are offered in Catholic parishes across America. We are pleased to be introducing it to the St. John-St.Paul Collaborative. Our Lord assured us that those who mourn are blessed, and that they shall be comforted. Seasons of Hope helps us come together to share in God’s love. With the support of our faith community, we give voice to our unique journeys of grief and and healing and spiritual growth. The sessions help explore mourning through scripture, prayer, refection activities and faith sharing. Seasons of Hope is centered on Jesus Christ and grounded in the healing wisdom, traditions, and practices of the Catholic Church. For you who are searching for Our Lord in the midst of your grief, Seasons of Hope is a nurturing link to the Church, the Almighty, and people of faith who truly understand what it means to be brokenhearted.
Seasons of Hope has four different seasons that offer Christ-centered material that benefit new and ongoing participants alike. Our Winter Season begins Thursday, February 7. Some find that one season is just what is needed to discover the consolation of Christ in the midst of their grieving. Many come to all four seasons. Come as you are able, and share in the healing message of Christ’s resurrection for us.
For more information, or to sign up in advance, please call Laurie Jacob at 339.222.0335 or email email@example.com.
On Sunday, February 3, Coffee and Donuts is moving to Philbin Hall in Saint John School! After the 9:00am Family Mass, come and enjoy coffee, donuts, and fellowship and check out the school’s recently completed renovations! Learn more about a Catholic Education at Saint John School – take a tour, meet our faculty and staff, and visit our classrooms. All are welcome!